19 - 21 January, 2015
QEII Conference Centre, London, UK

North America and Arctic Day – 21st January

Tuesday, 21 January, 2014 - Looking Into The Future Of Intelligence & Real Time Surveillance in North America & The Arctic

The North America and Arctic Day will provide an opportunity to identify what the user will require in the future. It will reveal how excellent solution providers can rise to the challenge, and provide new and even more effective GEO INT concepts, data, applications and solutions. And everyone attending the day will have an opportunity to participate in all the agenda items.

The day will include a number of case studies that will illustrate how the leadership in GEO INT are solving some of the most complex challenges that the community is facing. These will include

  • The role of GEO INT in Activity Based Intelligence
  • Big Data/Cloud Technology
  • GEO INT support to littoral operations
  • Activity Based Intelligence
  • GEO INT support to operations in the urban environment
  • Arctic maritime and safety of navigation challenges
  • What are the most effective remote sensing capabilities that can allow a more complete coverage of the entire region giving the reduced hours of daylight and the receding ice?
  • What are the critical elements of GEO INT that are required for the conduct of all facets of National Security Operations in the region?
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08:00 Networking Coffee and Registration
Networking Coffee and Registration
08:30 Chair’s Opening Remarks: Colonel Neil Thompson OMM CD (retired), Director Geospatial Intelligence, Canadian Forces 2007-2010
Neil Thompson OMM CD, Managing Partner, WCGroup
Neil Thompson is uniquely qualified to be the Chair of the North American/Arctic Focus Day.

Neil has effectively applied his extensive military background in Intelligence and Geospatial to the commercial world and is recognized a world leader and innovator the GEO INT community. While he is currently the Managing Partner of WCGroup he had a long and distinguished career in the Canadian Forces with more than 30 years in various command and staff positions in the defence, civilian and international intelligence communities. These included a secondment to the Government of Canada Privy Council Office and a Branch Chief on the International Military Staff at NATO Headquarters. He was the first Commanding Officer of the Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Centre and was a Defence Attaché in the United Kingdom. He completed his career as the Director of Geospatial Intelligence. He was responsible for all aspects of Geospatial Intelligence in the Canadian Forces. In that capacity he was responsible for Military Mapping, Charting, Imagery (from space based, UAVs and handheld) and all Meteorology Services for the Forces.

Neil was also one of the founding members of the Allied System for Geospatial Intelligence (ASG), the five nation group (Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK) that cooperates in the entire spectre of GEO INT.
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Neil Thompson OMM CD
Managing Partner, WCGroup

Neil Thompson is uniquely qualified to be the Chair of the North American/Arctic Focus Day.Neil has effectively applied his extensive military background in Intelligence and Geospatial to the commercial world and is recognized a world leader and innovator the GEO INT community. While he is currently the Managing Partner of WCGroup he had a long and distinguished career in the Cana [read more]
09:00 Global strategic risk and the impact on Geospatial Intelligence mission Sets
Mr. Murrett will be presenting his insights into the broader definition of national security and how this will impact on GEO INT mission sets.


This is a very appropriate time to be discussing this topic, because of dynamics that are unfolding in the Eurozone, the Middle East and Asia. A country’s safety and prosperity depends on the quality of the intelligence collected and the analysis produced. GEOINT is a vital component of the intelligence/interagency effort. Mr. Murrett will highlight the growing importance of the GEOINT “language” as an intelligence baseline, and the way it plays a key role in supporting all-source/multi-Int and the broader array of “intelligence” mission sets. He will also address the following;

Uneven use of GEO INT – and the challenge for all of usStrategic intelligence, homeland security, military support and national missionsEnhanced capabilities and integrationPartnerships with foreign intelligence servicesContinued challenges by “state” and non-state actorsTerrorism: managing the threatIncreased emphasis on the “global commons” – space, the high seas and cyberspace
09:30 Realising Today’s Foundation GEOINT Requirements
John Fitzgerald, Business Development, T-Kartor

T-Kartor creates maps and charts for U.S. defence utilising our CPS technology - matured for over a decade in European defence and elsewhere, typically achieving 70% - 90% unit cost reductions and enhanced flexibility.A seamless database is continuously maintained with the most current sources, allowing for rapid, highly automated, extremely cost effective output of geospatial products, available ‘on-demand’ for routine requirements and contingencies.Our data-driven mapping solution gathers data from various sources, including commodity and government, integrating them into the seamless database.The knowledgebase stores product definitions such as sheet/cell extent, information layers and marginalia, to maintain products with the latest updated information. Rigorous validation and quality control are part of an ongoing database maintenance process, which is central to our philosophy.Our Geoportal, employing open standards, supports operational users and applications in defence networks with essential discovery, download and processing services for geospatial and METOC information.Major civil users of our technology include Tfl, NYC and UKHO.
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John Fitzgerald
Business Development, T-Kartor

As a former British Army officer, John Fitzgerald brings almost 30 years experience in all aspects of military geography including extensive involvement in operations, intelligence, ISR, systems, and international cooperation. Since leaving the Army two years ago, John has worked for T-Kartor developing opportunities for database centric geospatial production and provision services. John will spea [read more]
9:50 Geospatial Intelligence in a World of Big Data
Tony Frazier, SVP Marketing and Insight, DigitalGlobe
In the Defense and Intelligence Community, many are wrestling with big data challenges. We are starting to see emerging patterns in Geospatial Big Data that can help the community learn how to address the overall challenges of big data. In this presentation, Tony will review:
  • Current Paradigm for Geospatial Analysis,
  • Emerging Trends and how we can leverage patterns in geospatial big data, and
  • The Journey to Solving Big Data issues
By sharing geospatial examples of big data challenges including volume, velocity and variety, we will reveal key lessons learned, including mitigating threats, enabling scale, and transforming workflows.
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Tony Frazier
SVP Marketing and Insight, DigitalGlobe

Tony Frazier joined DigitalGlobe in January 2013 as a result of its combination with GeoEye and is responsible for the company’s communications, corporate marketing, industry solutions, and product management functions. Tony also leads DigitalGlobe’s Insight business, which helps organizations leverage imagery and other forms of advanced geospatial analysis to make better decisions. Tony held a si [read more]
10:10 The US Marine Corps understanding and adaptation of ABI concepts to their tactical intelligence mission
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10:40 Networking Morning Coffee
Use this first networking break to catch up with colleagues and friends, and to meet new contacts and connections. Designated zones for 1-2-1 meetings are available for you to conduct meetings too so make sure you take advantage!
11:00 Cyber and the impact on geospatial intelligence
Dr. (Lt Col) Michael Thomas, USAF Dr. Naval Space and Warfare Center, (SPAWAR) USA
Join Dr. (Lt Col) Michael Thomas for this exclusive session on:
  • The impact of new data sources
  • How to assess the challenge, social media, robotic data collection technologies
  • How geographic information system (GIS) methods are being integrated and incorporated
  • How to integrate with traditional GEOINT tools and methods
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Dr. (Lt Col) Michael Thomas
USAF Dr. Naval Space and Warfare Center, (SPAWAR) USA

Listen to Michael present on Cyber and the impact on geospatial intelligence at 11.00 on our exclusive North America and Artic Focus Day (21st January) where he'll cover:
  • The impact of new data sources
  • How to assess the challenge, social media, robotic data collection technologies
  • How geographic information system (GIS) methods are being int [read more]
11:40 Panel Discussion: What are the new requirements? What are the new solutions?
Jim R. Hill, Director, Geospatial Intelligence Directorate, Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, USA
CDR Timothy Smith, Director and Commanding Officer, U.S. National Ice Center, Washington
Sandra Wilson, Chief of Europe Support Team, NGA
Yngve Melvaer, Norwegian Polar Institute, Norwegian Polar Institute
Guy Thomas, Prof., Global Maritime Awareness Institute for Safety, Security & Stewardship
Come and hear from Jim, Timothy, Andre and Yggve on this specific discussion session, where you can learn about:
  • New capabilities and data and analysis tools
  • What new capabilities does the user community require now and in the next 5 years?
  • How are users and providers coping with the increased demand for imagery
  • Will the proliferation and improved quality of imagery continue?
  • Are there new applications?
  • Satellite Imagery is finding its way into mass-market applications; how is that changing the industry?
  • Overview of future sensor capabilities
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Jim R. Hill
Director, Geospatial Intelligence Directorate, Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, USA

Come and listen to Jim sharing his views on new requirements and data and analysis tools during our dedicated panel discussion at 12.00 on the North America and Artic Focus Day, January 21st. He'll then be presenting 'How the Marine Corps GEOINT teams collaborate internationally', also on January 21st at 14.30 as part of Stream A.You can also catch Jim speaking on collaborative efforts to bring to [read more]
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CDR Timothy Smith
Director and Commanding Officer, U.S. National Ice Center, Washington

Tim joins us to share his views across several sessions at DGI this year.
  • Listen to Tim sharing his views on new requirements and data and analysis tools during our dedicated panel discussion at 12.00 on the North America and Artic Focus Day, January 21st.
  • Tim will join us later in the Focus Day at 15.30 (Stream B), to talk about the Importance of [read more]
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Sandra Wilson
Chief of Europe Support Team, NGA

Join Sandra as she presents 'How to integrate environments into a single operational picture – online and on demand access to data, intelligence and geo support' - Day 2, 09.10.Attend this session to hear and learn about NGA’s strategic objectives for 2017, including:
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Yngve Melvaer
Norwegian Polar Institute, Norwegian Polar Institute

Yngve joins us this year at DGI to present an exclusive session on how geospatial products of the Arctic region are provided from the Norwegian Polar Institute's perspective. Be sure not to miss this session taking place at 17.00 on our North American and Artic Focus Day, January 21st.
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Guy Thomas
Prof., Global Maritime Awareness Institute for Safety, Security & Stewardship

12:15 Networking Lunch
Enjoy this exctended lunch to catch up with colleagues and friends, and to meet new contacts and connections. Designated zones for 1-2-1 meetings are available for you to conduct meetings too so make sure you take full advantage!
15:15 Radar Satellites are coming of age and Cosmo SkyMed is leading the way
Donatella Giampaolo, Head of Sales – Europe e-geo,
Joint session of both Streams
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Donatella Giampaolo
Head of Sales – Europe e-geo,

“22 years of experience in the Earth Observation business, with a special focus on Very High Resolution Satellite imagery requirements, both Optical and Radar. For several years Donatella worked in the Eurimage Business Development Department as the EU Key Account Manager, including International Organizations such as ESA, EUSC and United Nations in Europe; today Donatella covers the same role, bu [read more]
15:45 How the United States Army is using a geo-enablement enterprise solution
Stream A
Dan Visone, Director, US Army
Come and join this session to hear Dan Visone, Director at US Army give his perspective on:
  • How the synchronization, sharing, portrayal, awareness, fusion, and correlation of geospatially referenced war fighting data all support operations
  • How the US Army develops a certification process and provides training to reach certification, and develop standard methodology
  • How they are meeting the terrain geospatial information requirements of the Army War fighter
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Dan Visone
Director, US Army

Dan will be sharing his perspective on How the United States Army is using a geo-enablement enterprise solution at 17.00 as part of our North America and Artic Focus Day, January 21st.Mr. Visone has served as the Director of the Geospatial Acquisition Support Directorate (GASD) since February 2009. His directorate is responsible for providing geospatial engineering and domain supp [read more]